The Big Doe Rehab

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The Big Doe Rehab
Bigdoerehabcover.jpg
Studio album by Ghostface Killah
Released December 4, 2007
Recorded 2007
Genre Hip hop
Length 47:55
Label Def Jam
Producer Ant-Live, Anthony Acid, Baby Grand,Davey Chegwidden, Frequency, Ghostface Killah, LV & Sean C, Scram Jones, Syience
Ghostface Killah chronology
More Fish
(2006)
The Big Doe Rehab
(2007)
Ghostdini: Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City
(2009)
Wu-Tang Clan solo chronology
Ghostface Killah:
More Fish
(2006)
The Big Doe Rehab
(2007)
Wu-Tang Clan:
8 Diagrams
(2007)

The Big Doe Rehab is the seventh studio album by American rapper and Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah, released on December 4, 2007 on Def Jam Records. The album features guest appearances from fellow Wu-Tang members Raekwon, Method Man, U-God, and Masta Killa as well as from Kid Capri, Cappadonna and members of Ghostface's Theodore Unit crew. The album features production from LV & Sean C. among others.

Background[edit]

The album was released on December 4, 2007. This initially conflicted with the release date of Wu-Tang Clan's fifth group album 8 Diagrams, a fact Ghostface was reported to be unhappy with, according to an interview with MTV.com.[1] In response to this, RZA subsequently announced the delay of 8 Diagrams by a further week so as not to clash with the release of The Big Doe Rehab.[2]

While speaking to MTV News in December 2007, Ghostface Killah explained the album title, saying:

"Y'all already know what it do. ... I had a vision one night, it came to me. I dreamt I was in rehab, but for [having] mad money. Me and a bunch of old white dudes. Dreams — you can't really remember the dreams — but I was someplace, I don't even know if it was rehab, but it was mad money in there. When I woke up, the first thing that came to my mind was The Big Doe Rehab. I take a list of titles and write them in my rhyme book, which I might use in the future. When I got up and I caught that vision, this one, for some reason, just stayed in my head, and I said, 'I'mma run with that.' In the rehab, you could have the old ... you know the [man] that Anna Nicole Smith [married]? That type of dude — money since the '30s," Ghost added. "A Chinese man could have got rich from the Chinese restaurant; a baby, he got rich from inheritance, too much money. ... That's what The Big Doe Rehab is based on, someone that got showered with mad cream. 'Cash Rules Everything Around Me,' but it don't rule me, you feel me? I'm the soul controller."[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[4]
The A.V. Club A[5]
Robert Christgau (A-)[6]
Entertainment Weekly (B+)[7]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[8]
Paste 3.5/5 stars[9]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[10]
Pitchfork Media (8.0/10)[11]
PopMatters (8/10)[12]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[13]

The Big Doe Rehab received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 77, which indicates "generally favorable reviews", based on 29 reviews.[14] Marisa Brown of AllMusic said, "Overall the record lacks the excitement, the originality, and the passion that can and has made Ghostface so compelling. A lot of this, for better or for worse, can be blamed on the production."[4] Dave Hughes of Slant Magazine said, "Ghostface has built one of hip-hop's more reliably satisfying brands out of the sound that predominates on Rehab, and his fans will find a lot to like here. But given that a relevant part of his appeal has always been his eccentricity and willingness to take risks, a record mostly defined by his adherence to the tried and true is bound to feel like a bit of a copout. The brand emerges unscathed, but without any of the iconoclastic vibrancy listeners might look forward to. It's enough to make you hope that Ghostface junks the original recipe in favor of some new seasonings next time out."[10] Matthew Fiander of PopMatters said, "The Big Doe Rehab succeeds because it is an album unafraid to show kinks in its armor. Ghostface is always proud on record, and he holds onto that here, but not without letting us past the pride every once in a while, to see an artist that was always brilliant and full of energy finding just the right amount of focus as he hits what could turn out to be his most furtive years. More than that, he’s challenging hip-hop here, and 2009 will show just how hip-hop responds."[12]

Christian Hoard of Rolling Stone said, "In the six years the Clan were on hiatus, Ghostface Killah was busy becoming one of the greatest MCs ever. The Big Doe Rehab isn't as distinct as last year's Fishscale, but it's close."[13] Eric Lach of Paste said, "While Rehab doesn't represent the top of Ghostface's game, the MC's approach is as viable as ever. And if the album doesn't pack the kind of radio-ready hits provided by this year's other big-time rappers like Kanye West and Jay-Z, it's only because this is one artist with other priorities."[9] Nathan Rabin of The A.V. Club said, "If the title weren't already taken More Fish would be a fitting name for Ghostface's new album, another tour de force from a guy who made history with his Wu-Tang brethren while still in his early twenties and just keeps getting better with age. But where the glorified mix-tape More Fish sounded like a collection of outtakes and leftovers, The Big Doe Rehab feels like a worthy sequel to last year's Fishscale. Consider it The Godfather Part II to Fishscale's revered crime epic."[5]

Commercial performance[edit]

The Big Doe Rehab debuted at number 41 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and sold about 36,000 units in its debut week.[15] Unhappy with the album sales, Ghostface has since posted a video on his MySpace page expressing disappointment in most of his fans for downloading the album illegally.[16]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "At the Cabana Skit" (featuring Rhythm Roots Allstars, Raekwon & Shawn Wigs) Davey Chegwidden 1:12
2. "Toney Sigel A.K.A. the Barrel Brothers" (featuring Beanie Sigel, Styles P & Solomon Childs) LV & Sean C 3:01
3. "Yolanda's House" (featuring Raekwon, Method Man & Joi Starr) Ant-Live 3:12
4. "We Celebrate" (featuring Kid Capri) LV & Sean C 4:13
5. "Walk Around" (featuring Jayms Madison) Anthony Acid 3:32
6. "Yapp City" (featuring Trife Da God & Sun God) Scram Jones 3:43
7. "White Linen Affair (Toney Awards)" (featuring Shawn Wigs) Frequency, Scram Jones 4:07
8. "Supa GFK"   Ghostface Killah, Anthony Acid 3:38
9. "Rec-Room Therapy" (featuring Raekwon & U-God) Baby Grand, Davey Chegwidden 3:13
10. "The Prayer Skit" (featuring Ox aka Popa Don)   1:23
11. "I'll Die for You" (featuring Amille D. Harris) LV & Sean C 3:06
12. "Paisley Darts" (featuring Raekwon, Sun God, Trife da God, Method Man & Cappadonna) LV & Sean C 5:36
13. "Shakey Dog Starring Lolita" (featuring Raekwon) LV & Sean C 3:09
14. "! Skit" (featuring Rhythm Roots Allstars, Shawn Wigs & Raekwon) Davey Chegwidden 0:36
15. "Killa Lipstick" (featuring Method Man & Masta Killa) Ghostface Killah, Anthony Acid 3:38
16. "Slow Down" (featuring Chrisette Michele) Syience 2:36
Total length:
47:55
Sample credits
  • "Toney Sigel A.K.A. the Barrel Brothers" contains a sample of "Fallin' in Love With You" by Al Wilson.
  • "Yolanda's House" contains a sample of "You'll Never Walk Alone" by Aretha Franklin.
  • "We Celebrate" contains a sample of "I Just Want to Celebrate" by Rare Earth.
  • "Walk Around" contains a sample of "Packed Up and Took My Mind" by Little Milton.
  • "White Linen Affair (Toney Awards)" contains a sample of "That's the Way It's Got to Be (Body and Soul)" by Soul Generation.
  • "Supa GFK" contains a sample of "Superman Lover" by Johnny "Guitar" Watson.
  • "Rec-Room Therapy" contains a sample of "(They Long to Be) Close to You" by Isaac Hayes.
  • "I'll Die for You" contains a sample of "It's All Over" by The Independents.
  • "Paisley Darts" contains a sample of "Lie No. 2" by The Originals.
  • "Shakey Dog Starring Lolita" contains a sample of "Musings to Myself" by El Michels Affair.
  • "Killa Lipstick" contains a sample of "Riding High" by Faze-O.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[17] 41
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[18] 8
US Top Rap Albums (Billboard)[19] 5

References[edit]

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